1953 Red Bank Regatta
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Speedboat daredevils who have been practicing all summer revving up to the lag, notch on their throttles now approach the zenith of the season. When September rolls around all the preliminaries have ended and the air is cleared to make top performances, whether of super-powered extensive toys called inboards or the more modest outboard hydroplanes and outboard stock creations.
Yesterday’s racing day at Detroit kicked off the September succession and, tomorrow, the Detroit River will be the site of the five-heat Silver Cup race.
During the coming weekend the scene moves eastward for Red Bank’s twenty-first annual regatta on the Navesink River known as the National Sweepstakes Championship. As usual this will probably attract more inboards and outboards than any other regatta of the season. Last year 223 skimmed across the starting line, the big craft using the two and one-half mile oval that has been regarded by many pilots as the fastest sea level speed boat course in America with its wide turns on these landlocked waters. It. is second only to the below-sea level course at Salton Sea, Cal.
18 Heats Next Saturday
The Red Bank program, constantly being modified and expanded with the inclusion of racing categories, tentatively calls for eighteen heats Saturday beginning at 12 noon and eighteen on Sunday beginning at 12:20. The feature event will be the National Sweepstakes championship, calling for two ten-mile heats on Saturday and the third and final on Sundays for inboards up to and including the unlimiteds. Most of the same racing fleet in this feature event also competes in the two ten-mile heats, one on Saturday and one on Sunday, for the Red Bank Gold Cup.
Whereas no regatta stands or falls on a single boat, Red Bankers want Stan Sayres Slo-mo-shun V to move from Detroit after tomorrow’s Silver Cup to Red Bank by Saturday, and they are also laying out the red carpet for the super-powered unlimited Such Crust, Miss Great Lakes, Gale II, Miss United States, Etta, and Miss Supertest, owned by the headliners of the speed boating fraternity: Jack Schafer, Albin Fallon, Joseph Schoenith, George Simons, George Sarant and Col. Harold Thompson respectively.
Unlike other regattas, which are sponsored by a single chamber of commerce or perhaps a single Lions Club, the Red Bank show has become a matter of community pride. The nearby Monmouth Jockey Club’s horse racing track at Oceanport appropriated 3,500 toward the expenses. Not one luncheon club, but all three, Lions, Rotary and Kiwanis, will guarantee any deficit. Volunteer fire companies, posts of the American Legion, Boy Scouts and nearly everyone play a part in the Red Bank extravaganza.
Mexico to Send Trophy
Yesterday Rear Commodore Alfred J. Lippman of nearby Shrewsbury received word that President Adolfo Ruiz Cortines of Mexico is sending by special courier a trophy for the Sweepstakes race meet. For a number of years this regatta has been of interest to Mexicans and Commodore Lippman has been the intermediary for the receipt of valuable prizes by two previous Mexican presidents, M. Avila Camacho, who started the custom in 1946, and Miguel Aleman who continued it.
Looking beyond Red Bank, September will have the annual President’s Cup Regatta on the Potomac at Washington, Sept. 19 and 20, and the Ohio River two day meet, Sept. 26-27, at New Martinsville, W. Va., for the Imperial Gold Cup. The President’s Cup is not confined to a single weekend. Already rowing events have been held as part of the general program and there will be sail races also. One of the side attractions will be the "aquapageant" on Friday night, Sept. 18, an illuminated parade of yachts.
[Reprinted from the New York Times, September 6, 1953]
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